The Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference began 15 years ago with 200 women studying herbal and other natural tools in the Wise Woman tradition to support physical and emotional health.
This year organizers expect over a thousand women of all ages and backgrounds to gather October 11-13, 2019 at Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center just south of Hendersonville, NC—making it one of the most popular and vibrant herbal events in the country.
Sally Fallon, Gina Breedlove, and Dr. Jody Noe will be featured presenters at this year’s conference. “To celebrate the 15th year, we selected those three top presenters based on participants’ feedback and requests over the years,” said founding director Corinna Wood.
The fourth featured presenter, Karen Rose, a Master Herbalist and founder of Sacred Vibes Apothecary, will travel from Brooklyn, NY to bring a fresh perspective on urban herbalism, “cultivating relationships with community, land, and plants.”
Sally Fallon blends culinary expertise with her ability to cut through to the truth about our eating habits and their consequences. Sally’s “Nourishing Traditional Foods” classes include “Raw Dairy and Real Milk,” exploring the benefits, safety, and health of this controversial and highly nutritious food source, as well as “Challenging Politically Correct Nutrition: The Oiling of America,” exposing how the false cholesterol theory caused Americans to abandon traditional whole foods.
Nourishment as a central tenet of the Wise Woman Tradition is woven throughout the class schedule. “In the Wise Woman Tradition, we turn our attention away from ‘fixing’ or ‘cleansing’ ourselves, and we move toward nourishing ourselves—such that our bodies respond by moving toward optimum health,” Wood explains. Her own class offering will expand on the concept of deep nourishment to include emotional aspects as well as nutritious herbal and food sources.
Other conference classes in the theme of nourishment include “Phytonutrients and Food as Medicine,” with Dr. Crystal Dawn Silas; “Deep Immunity” with naturopath Rebecca Word; and “The Flavor and Nature of Herbs” with Chinese medicine expert JulieAnn Nuget-Head.
Dr. Jody Noe will discuss the latest developments on the science behind the craze surrounding cannabinoid oil (CBD), medical cannabis clinical applications, and the human endocannabinoid system. As Dr. Noe’s course description states, “With medical marijuana now legal in 33 states, our country is beginning to remember the power of a plant that has been used as herbal medicine by cultures for eons. Cannabis has been found to help with a plethora of disease states and symptoms.”
The full schedule includes over 50 classes offering a diversity of wise women perspectives and a range of indigenous traditions from the Southeast including Native American plant walks, Southern African American Rootwork, and healing traditions from the Scots-Irish and Afrilachian traditions.
The conference is grateful for the support and sponsorship of local and regional businesses and publications that share in the event’s spirit of holism and health. Sponsors include Red Moon Herbs, Traditional Medicinals, Frontier Co-op, Mountain Xpress, Mountain Rose Herbs, YWCA of Asheville, Sow True Seeds, and the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Over its 15-year history, the conference has grown from 200 women to over a thousand, who travel from throughout the Southeast and beyond. “I knew coming to Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference would be a big thing for me but it has been transformational,” shares last year’s participant Jen Heglar of Johnson City, TN. “I am so honored and humbled and energized to be a part of an intentional community of amazing women working together to heal ourselves, our communities, and our Earth!”
For details and online registration, please visit www.sewisewomen.com. Accommodation options at Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center range from lakeside camping and lodge bunk beds to charming cottages and accessible rooms at the Kanuga Lake Inn. Weekend meal tickets are available, and local food vendors provide alternatives for a range of dietary preferences.